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Message from Ian Robinson, Head, Middle Division

ianrobinson2To parents of boys in Form 6+7:

Two most enjoyable assemblies occurred in this past week. Last Friday, the Middle assembly was able to focus on a variety of achievements and events. As I mentioned last week, the outstanding work of our young scientists at school, in Toronto and in Fredericton was celebrated – and deservedly so. These many boys showed how they can excel in a variety of settings and they deserve our plaudits. At the same assembly, Jeffrey Zhou played “Liebestraume” by Franz Liszt to rapturous applause and, again, deservedly so. The Form 6 French speeches were not to be outdone and Jay Kim, Connell Cusinato and Lucas Mouzitchka all showed how well they could present to their peers. With the Music Olympic results and the Stop Animation examples, further examples of the breadth of the Middle Division program were clearly evident. Lastly, we were ushered into and out of the assembly with music played by Mr. Gray, three students from the Upper School and Upper School teacher Mr. Hill. Particularly for those who are Led Zeppelin fans, it was a very special moment.

The second assembly was on Tuesday. It was also the third athletics assembly. It highlighted this spring term and the excellent efforts and achievements of all of the boys – whether they were on a team or working up to be on one next year. Many speeches indicated their gratitude to their coaches and their parents, both most definitely deserved. Well done one and all!

Last Monday afternoon was the graduation ceremony for the IB2 students now on their way to various destinations in Canada, the U.S. and areas further afield. Their valedictorian spoke incredibly well and Don Kawasoe was gently roasted and loudly praised for his superb work at the Prep and the Upper School, not to mention Norval. It was a very special occasion with much emotion, and a joy for me to witness. You all can look forward to such an event in a few years. In addition, it’s been a pleasure to see Bernard Lecerf back at the Prep. Yesterday he was here for some meetings. Importantly, today he was here as his grandson’s grandfather and as a singer in the grandparents choir. Now that’s a real joy for all of us.

As the rather frantic last few weeks slow to a more moderate pace, the academic picture shifts dramatically for Form 7 boys. Their exams start tomorrow and continue until next Thursday. I know that they and their teachers have been preparing conscientiously in May as this final week of school work approaches.

So, good luck to our Form 7 boys over the next few days and to all  Forms 6 and 7 boys and families, as the academic year comes to its conclusion. Looking forward to seeing you in the corridors.